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"One" word change in city ordinance could determine future of one local business

ESCAMBIA COUNTY  --  The  changing of a single word  in a county ordinance, could  determine the future of a local business.

The  changing of a single word  in a county ordinance, could  determine the future of a local businesses. It will be the focus of an Escambia County Planning Board meeting today. The change in wording comes after the Board of County Commissioners was asked to amend the Land Development Code.

The owner of Family Funeral & Cremation says that he is within his rights to operate a crematory at his business. But the owner of the Main Stay Hotel says the crematory has negatively impacted business and growth in the area. By adding the word 'cinerators' to the ordinance, it will clarify that a funeral home can  run a cinerator as part of its operation.

"Everything should be thought out carefully. We shouldn't be making legislation because one person calls foul and is crying foul because he thinks he wasn't treated fairly" says Ajit Patel, the owner of Relax Hospitality.

"From my prospective it's like saying beds are allowed in a hotel where are you going to go for a cremation. You go to a funeral home" says Chris Jensen, the owner of Family Funeral and Cremation.

The change could also have an impact on two other funeral homes operating  in different parts of the county, where there has been no vocal opposition.

If the change were to be approved by the Planning Board, it would have to go before the County Commission twice before it could be enacted.